Huizen

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Huizen
Municipality
Harbour of Huizen
Harbour of Huizen
Flag of Huizen
Flag
Coat of arms of Huizen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Huizen in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°18′N 5°15′E / 52.300°N 5.250°E / 52.300; 5.250Coordinates: 52°18′N 5°15′E / 52.300°N 5.250°E / 52.300; 5.250
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Fons Hertog (VVD)
Area[2]
 • Total 23.32 km2 (9.00 sq mi)
 • Land 15.82 km2 (6.11 sq mi)
 • Water 7.50 km2 (2.90 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 3 m (10 ft)
Population (January 2014)[4]
 • Total 41,239
 • Density 2,607/km2 (6,750/sq mi)
Demonym Huizenaar, Huizer
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 1270–1277
Area code 035
Website www.huizen.nl

Huizen [ˈɦœy̆.zə(n)] ( ) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

The name "Huizen" is Dutch for "houses" and this usage has been linked to the belief that the first stone houses in the region appeared here.

History[edit]

Huizen originally was an agricultural village, about 2 kilometres from the sea. During wintertime the farmers went fishing. Later on it developed to coastal village, with a thriving fishing industry, which was stimulated by building the harbor about 1850. After the damming of the Zuider Zee by the Afsluitdijk in 1932, the old sea was degraded to a mere freshwater lake, and economical activities shifted towards industry and commerce.

In the 1960s the town was designated to build substantially large residential areas, to overcome the housing shortage in the region. From then on, the village took on an influx of people and grew rapidly.

Where the Phohi-flat now stands in Huizen was, before World War II, the site of a large transmitter intended for contacting the Dutch East Indies, some 12.000 km away.

Topography[edit]

Huizen-plaats-OpenTopo.jpg

Dutch Topographic map of Huizen (town), March 2014.

Local government[edit]

The municipal council of Huizen consists of 27 seats, which are divided as follows:

Transport[edit]

With its population of almost 42,000, Huizen is one of the larger towns without railway connection. On a national level, it's preceded by Drachten and Oosterhout.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burgemeester mr. A.Ph. Hertog" (in Dutch). Gemeente Huizen. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 1276KB". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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